Monday, March 23, 2009


ORTHOGRAPHY, n. The science of spelling by the eye instead of the ear. Advocated with more heat than light by the outmates of every asylum for the insane. They have had to concede a few things since the time of Chaucer, but are none the less hot in defence of those to be conceded hereafter.
A spelling reformer indicted
For fudge was before the court cicted.
The judge said: "Enough —
His candle we'll snough,
And his sepulchre shall not be whicted."
2009 Update: The art of writing in service to spelling, rather than satire.


Jim said...

This (Jim) outmate likes satire and lets Google do the spelling. When he's not hiding in the grass.

Mo'a said...

Orthography: I have my own...never learned the rules.

Where is my flag? Here it you see it?

Tom & Icy said...

I can't spell very good, and when I do, I don't spell very well.

Minka said...

orthography, n. prescription puling descriptive noses, backed by great vowels shifting!

the amoeba said...

Past attempts to reform spelling in English have amounted to painting the body of a car with a cracked block, seized transmission, and its driveshaft dragging on the ground. Kinda tough to teach logic when the language you teach it in makes no logical sense, and has to be rote-learned.

TLP said...

I kan't spel werth a darn.

Nessa said...

Rulz bee damd. That's why God maybe spell checker.

I updated my post from yesterday because I was snippy.

Anonymous said...

my bastardization of
language will continue ,
whether in the
written word
or spoken word----

Ariel the Thief said...

Orthography, fruitless effort for harmony.

pia said...

The use of spell checks shows who knows their there from their and lose from loose.

I used to write as an orthographist (using your definition) It greatly improved my vocabulary as I would have to think of so many alternative words

weirsdo said...

I represent Bierce's remarks!

tsduff said...

I like ornithology much better.

actonbell said...

I'm glad you said that, Terry. At first I mistook today's word for something fowl. I mean foul:)

quilly said...

Ask any second language learner about orthography and, right after they say "bless you" and hand you a hanky, they will tell you ingles es loco -- even the English as a second language learners who don't speak Spanish (there are one or two).

Doug said...

Jim, grass is better than dictionaries for proper spelling.

I see your flag, Mo'a. Just below Jim's.

Stuffed nose again, hey, Ice?

Minka, from Chaucer to Shakespear(e) the world spun ninety degris without resing 'ary a tide.

Amoeba, this might explain the lingua franca.

Cann tu, blogmama.

Nessa, nothing wrong with a snippy post.

Bear, the world just needs to get in step with you.

Right, Ariel. And without melody.

Their you gogh, Peeya.

And well you do so, Weirsdo.

I can spell "Caw," Terry.

Haha, Actonbell. Very thoreau.

For make glory Kazakh language, Qwill.